Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Health Benefits of Gardening for this Author of Zombie Fiction

by mrkalhoon  
One of the things I notice about authors is that they're stressed all the time.  They constantly worry  about sales and reviews and money.  Some of them relieve their stress through food, pills, alcohol or cigarettes.

Me?  I don't do any of that.  I'm a natural girl, and I've found the health benefits of gardening do wonders for me as an author.

I'm a creative person, and gardening is one of the top forms of artistic expression.  When I tend to my garden, my home benefits, but so do I.

It's very difficult for me to be unhappy when I'm in my garden.  I don't grow vegetables, but when I'm surrounded by my blossoms and greenery, a sense of calm comes over me.  I'm not a follower of organized religion, but I am spiritual.

As reported in CNN's "Why gardening is good for your health," "the sensory experience of  gardening 'allows people to connect to this primal state,' says James Jiler, the founder and executive director of Urban GreenWorks. 'A lot of people [understand] that experience. They may not be able to put it into words, but they understand what's happening.'"

And we all know that stress and depression go hand in hand.  What's a great way for me to deal with any occasional bouts of depression? Gardening.

"In a study conducted in Norway, people who had been diagnosed with depression, persistent low mood, or "bipolar II disorder" spent six hours a week growing flowers and vegetables.  After three months, half of the participants had experienced a measurable improvement in their depression symptoms. What's more, their mood continued to be better three months after the gardening program ended. "

The health benefits of gardening can help you as an author, as well.  So give it a try!

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Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume Two is coming in July! Enter my Goodreads giveaway to win a signed copy!

Jennifer Benton’s family died in the first wave of zombie attacks. She found friends in a small group of survivors. And she’s fallen in love with Mark, the charismatic young man leading them to safety.

But some of her new friends die, and Jennifer has a beautiful blonde rival. Jennifer thinks jealousy will bring Mark back.

To her surprise, the handsome young man she flirts with won’t be used. He wants her for himself. Now the fragile safety Jennifer’s found is turning inside out—and it’s her own fault.

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Buy Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One at AMAZON

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Black Spot: A New Short Thriller from Luther Bhogal-Jones – in 3D!

The Sussex based film maker Luther Bhogal-Jones invites you to 6 minutes of mayhem, delirium and violence in the short roadside thriller “Black Spot.”

Paul is stranded on a lonely country road when his car fails to start. He walks through a melancholic landscape of missing person posters and floral tributes to roadside deaths, before chancing upon another car, but one which ironically is also broken down. Not only will this car provide Paul with salvation and suffering, but force him to face his own recent past actions and a provide him with a potential chance to redeem himself…

Shot on a miniscule budget, with a £28 3D camcorder a little larger than a Blackberry, Black Spot is another short, sharp shocking ride following the success of “Creak”, Bhogal-Jones’ previous horror short from 2012.

Black Spot was shot in one day in June at the bottom of the South Downs against an increasingly temperamental short lived camera battery life whilst also rallying against constant stop/ start rain showers. Additional shooting was done several months later at a flat in Brighton for the pivotal flashback sequence.

“I’ve always had a love of 3D films even though they’re tarnished with being gimmicky” explains writer/ director Bhogal-Jones “The red/ cyan 3d imagery is such an iconic image from cinema’s history - as well as related so closely with the world of horror and sci-fi - and I’ve always wanted to make a film with that classic look.”

With a relentless soundtrack from Brighton composer Mikolaj Holowko, Black Spot is a 6 minute aural and visual assault with an extra dimension which is sure to stand out from the horror short film crowd.

Black Spot can be viewed online now at

3 versions of Black Spot are available to view – a 3D version requiring the classic red/ cyan 3D glasses, a stereoscopic 3D version for viewing on 3D tvs and a standard 2D version for those who cannot view the 3D – though Luther recommends a 3D version, as that was the main reason for making the film.

Editors – there are several stills available for promotional purposes at

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Book Blitz for Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One!

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One was published on May 18. You can purchase Benton at Amazon.

This week is my Book Blitz sponsored by BMTS Tours.

I'm giving away a print copy of Benton, an eBook copy of Benton and the very popular Dashboard Zombie for your car or desk! Enter the giveaway!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

3 Reasons to be Addicted to the Benton: A Zombie Novel Series

A new journey has begun for me with my new zombie series. Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One is the first book in the series, and it's available NOW.

Here are 3 reasons to be addicted to the Benton: A Zombie Novel series.

1. The Benton series are short, easy to read books that you can devour quickly . Once you're finished with one, chances are you'll want more.

2. Benton takes place in the zombie apocalypse and Jennifer Benton, the sole survivor of the Benton home, is hole up in her bedroom. Eventually, she escapes and along the way she meets six people, all her age (20-something), hiding in a parking garage. They've all decided to escape Illinois and travel to Texas. That's where Mark (one of the six people) has a family home. The question is: will the seven travelers make it to Texas or just some of them?

3. Jennifer and Mark are interested in each other. But can a romance survive when there's zombies everywhere?


Zombies have killed everyone in the Benton household--all except twenty-something Jennifer. She's escaped her bedroom, but what now? Waterbank, Illinois is overrun. Where can she go?

A chance encounter with seven other young survivors points her toward Texas. A charismatic, handsome young man named Mark says he can lead them all to his family's ranch. He's sure they'll be safe there. Jennifer wants to trust him, with her life and possibly her heart.

There's no place else to go, there's no way to escape the zombies but through, and there's no telling if Jennifer and Mark will live long enough to act on the emotion building between them.

Book One available NOW AT Amazon (Book Two - officially out in July. But I'm shooting for mid to late June.)

Available at AMAZON.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Melee Weapon Mastery in the Zombie Apocalypse

A gun is the weapon most people think of to defend themselves in a zombie apocalypse. However, you can collect all the guns and ammunition you want, but at some point, you will run out of ammunition. That's why melee weapon mastery is extremely important in the zombie apocalypse.

What is a melee weapon? It's the opposite of a range weapon, and it's used in hand-to-hand combat. A knife or a machete are two common melee weapons seen in zombie apocalypse scenarios, but there are plenty of other objects that could be used.

At PeachSuite Hotel Supplies, you can find scissors, metal ashtrays, cooking pans, pizza cutters, for examples. All of these things can be used as a weapon against a zombie.

You can stab it with scissors or hit it with a cooking pan, for examples. These things can either disable a zombie or at least interrupt it from taking a bite out of you. These items are sturdy, which is good, because you should avoid melee weapons that are easily breakable.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Halloween Costume Ideas: It's Not Too Early

Anders Lerche and Epic Effects @

It's only May. Halloween is months away. But that doesn't mean you can't start coming up with perfect Halloween costume ideas.

Okay, I admit it. When it comes to Halloween costumes, I'm usually one of those last-minute types.  However, in 2014, maybe I'll get my act together. Can you guess what my costume may be? Did somebody say a zombie?

I could get creative and come up with my own creation. But who has the time? I sure as hell don't. I'm too busy writing articles and writing books.  That's why I look to sites such as to find a costume for Halloween.

There's advantages to shopping for a Halloween costume online and not in a brick and mortar store. In the first place, you don't have to get in your car and go anywhere. All you have to do is get on your computer. In the second place, there's a better selection online than in brick and mortar. An online store doesn't have the same physical constraints as a physical store. Finally, the prices you'll find in an online store are often cheaper than in a physical store.

For example, if I decide to go as a zombie, they have a lot to choose from. I can get zombie latex masks or if I don't want a mask I can get zombie makeup. I can get a zombie costume. If I change my mind and decide to go as something else, there's tons of other costumes I can choose from - 1960's, gothic, pirates, sports, vampires, witches - you name it.

Have you thought about what you want to be for Halloween?